Featured Artist: Sally Strand!


Window by Sally Strand

Window by Sally Strand

Fabulous painting, isn’t it? I love paintings of everyday people doing everyday things… it makes it so interesting. This pastel painting “Window” is featured in the Artist’s Magazine Competition Spotlight, May issue, 2014. I like how you get a glimpse into this persons life… a bit of their kitchen, their window washing, the outside. I love the concentration in the woman’s face. The movement is spectacular! Great painting Sally!

Sally’s work is so wonderful, she would be a great one to take a workshop with! Lucky you… Sally teaches workshops, check out the link to see when/where!

Read a blip about Sally from her website:

“I am captivated by light, and my interest in light is on equal terms with the content of a painting.” Strand pulls the extraordinary out of the ordinary through the use of light and color. Assembling multi-layered surfaces in a rich complexity of form and color, her paintings appear to emanate light from within.

A native of Colorado now residing in California, Strand has been exhibiting professionally as an artist for over 30 years. Influenced early in life by an artistic mother and a heritage of artistic relatives, her childhood was a creative mix ranging from art projects to professional puppet shows.

As a result of extensive travels while a young adult, Strand recognized a need to portray her view of the world through art. Her subjects became the familiar people and objects she carefully observed in the business of living – a man reading a morning newspaper; light falling across a bowl of eggs; groups of people waiting, working, playing – slices of life.

Strand was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, the highest commendation of the Pastel Society of America, NY. She is the recipient of numerous top awards, including the PSA Master Pastelist distinction, and most recently the IAPS Master Circle Honor. Her solo exhibitions in galleries and museums include a 2006 one-person retrospective of pastel and oil paintings at the Bakersfield Museum of Art in California.

Widely published in books and magazines internationally, her work is also represented in many corporate and private collections. Strand studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and at the Art Students League and National Academy of Design in New York. She earned a BFA degree from the University of Denver. Strand teaches workshops and master classes around the country.

 Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              The Heavenly Scent of Wisteria!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Featured Artist… Adele Earnshaw!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Renoir Quote

Eight and Bob… too classy for words – highly recommend!


Have you heard about the men’s perfume “Eight and Bob”? It has a fascinating story. When Fred and I last visited Old Road Mercantile (that I wrote about HERE), Kevin, the owner, was telling us all about this. Fred had read something about it long ago, it was the scent that John F. Kennedy Jr. wore. You must read the short history from the Eight and Bob website, so interesting! It is so classy and the scent… Out. Of. This. World!

Limited yearly production- – -  Yep, it’s only carried by a few select retailers, and when it’s gone for the year, it’s gone…

Read this blip from the EightandBob.com website:


In January 1934 Albert Fouquet traveled to Chile at the invitation of the Italian ambassador. Besides enjoying the charms of the country, he took advantage of this trip to search the Andes for aromatic plants that would enhance his fragances.

He returned to Paris with several sprigs of “Andrea”, the name Albert had given the plant whose extracts are the soul of his cologne “EIGHT & BOB”. Andrea is a wild plant in short supply due to the altitude and limited area in which it grows; and can only be picked during the months of December and January. The plants gathered undergo a very exacting selection process in which only seven percent are chosen. This process ends between March and April and only then is it known how many units of “EIGHT & BOB” can be bottled; and how many can be allotted of each country.

If you’re in Charleston, SC check it out at Old Road Mercantile on King Street!

Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              McLeod Plantation – Charleston Photo

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Sun Streaming Through a Downtown Gate – Charleston Photo

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Lemon Dill Tilapia Recipe!

Featured Artist: Haley Hasler

How magical is this? The way Haley’s paintings include her as a self portrait in a heroin type way is so clever. These paintings have such life. You could look at this painting for a long time and still see new things that you didn’t catch on a previous glimpse. Brilliant. And… this is only one of many! Be sure to check out Haley’s work!

There was a great article that The Morning News did, where Karolle Rabarison interviewed Haley… read it HERE… it makes me like this artist even more! This also shows some of her paintings…

Read a blip about Haley from her website:

The self-portrait confronts the viewer with an outward representation of the inner self. Here is the exterior as seen by the interior.

The self-portrait as a character introduces a further element. While the self-portrait implies that the artist is showing us the truth, a representation of the exterior in disguise conveys the impossibility and doubleness of this endeavor.

Through the seemingly private world of self-portraiture and autobiographical narrative, I hope to present a compelling fictive world, without dictating a precise narrative or relying on a static symbolism. I try to invest the figure with an iconic confrontability – making it operate both as self-portrait and archetypal heroine. 

Painting impels me to cross the border freely between the universe of things and the universe of the imagination. The former involves an urgent encounter between the eye and the exterior world, while the latter contains the interior universe of memory, history, narrative, and desire. 

Check out Haley’s paintings… they are magical! Catch you back here tomorrow!

All images via HaleyHasler.com – with permission from the artist.

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              Charleston Dogwood Blooms

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Fleet Landing Restaurant, Charleston, SC

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Artist to watch… David Lussier!

A beautiful view…

Snapshot in Charleston!

Snapshot in Charleston!

Well, it is Palm Sunday today… so I thought I would get a shot with a palm! This isn’t our house, but it’s a beauty, isn’t it? Lovely with all the azaleas blooming! The big old live oak trees help as well. Such a pretty setting!

Enjoy your day… catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              Peekey Boo!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          So… you want to be an art critic?

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     L.L. Bean Adventure Duffle!

Strawberry Season is HERE!!

Strawberry Season is HERE!

Strawberry Season is HERE!

There is nothing better fresh local strawberries. To make a quick stop at the Farmers Market is soooo worth it! These strawberries are nothing like the ones you get in the grocery store, they are juicy and sweet and a true delight!

The strawberry festival at Boone Hall is this weekend! Be sure to check it out! They have a great website, it has all the info you need!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              Featured Artist… John Murray!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          What’s hot now? Moose… anything!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     Artist to watch… Mary Whyte!

Featured Artist: Diane Mannion

Me 2013 by Diane Mannion

Me 2013 by Diane Mannion

Isn’t this the most delightful self portrait? I love it. Diane looks like such a nice woman, someone who you would like to spend time talking to.  Her work is exceptional!

The light on her face and in her hair… so nice… those little punches of color in the necklace, and that soft pretty color on her face. Very nice!

Read a blip about Diane from her website, be sure to check out her blog as well!

My adopted state of Florida both inspires and terrifies me.  The sky and water, vivid colors, light and shadows… hurricanes!  There’s an energy here that drives my painting.  People, palm trees, birds and flowers.  Tourists and trailer parks.  Painting material everywhere I look!  I’m lucky to live where the ordinary is extraordinary.  Florida’s beauty contrasts sharply with seedy tackiness.  My challenge is to translate this visual chaos with paint in full color.   

 I paint with several plein air groups in Southwest Florida and often venture out on my own.   Sometimes fire ants or rain chase me into my car (auto-painting).   A plein air sketch may evolve into a larger studio painting.  Over thirty years as an artist/author (more than 64 books illustrated as Diane Paterson, 12 as author) have influenced the way I see and translate visual reference.  Sharing my skills through teaching has sharpened my life-long learning process.

 My blog has become an important part of my work.  I post and write about painting techniques almost daily.  Please visit:


Catch you back here tomorrow!

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e  Y e a r  A g o:              Garden Cottage House Plan!

T w o  Y e a r s  A g o:          Featured Artist… Brian Rego!

T h r e e  Y e a r s  A g o:     G&M (aka Fast and French), a great place to grab a bite in Charleston, SC

House Plan: The Lafayette – A one bedroom cottage plan!

I had a request for a one bedroom cottage style house plan. I thought this layout worked nicely. When this home is used as a place to live (versus visit on occasion), you have to have somewhere to put your STUFF. I realize it’s hip to be ‘clean-lined’, but in reality, as you get older you have more stuff. We’re really good about clearing out anything that isn’t being used, simply because we don’t have space to store it for eons while it just sits. If we bring something into the house, then something has to go out of the house… it’s as simple as that. But still, storage is key, and although this is a small plan, it gives you exactly that!

The Lafayette… 790 square feet of heated space. This plan even gives you a nice porch area (not counted in square footage). Quite a plus! This is a sweet cottage plan that has an open kitchen/living room so it doesn’t feel small or cramped. This plan also has a linen closet and a spot for the washer/dryer (stackable) in the bathroom, which we have right now and absolutely love!

The upstairs loft could be used as an extra bedroom, or you could pop a daybed or pullout sofa so that it can be used as another place to hang out…  or… it could be a massive storage area and a place for the treadmill, ha ha… Personally, I would put the treadmill and a pull out sofa. Maybe a small desk on the back wall looking out the window, and the rest built in storage, so it doesn’t LOOK like storage. Just a place for out of season things like clothes, blankets, etc.

Let me know what you think… if you’re looking for something in particular I’m happy to help you look.

NOTE: I’ve added a CONTACT ME page to my blog (at the top, it’s kind of faint, see HOME, ABOUT, and now CONTACT ME…) that makes it quick and easy for you.

F L A S H B A C K !

O n e Y e a r A g o:                Featured Artist… Bill Sharp!

T w o Y e a r s A g o: YAY!   A Downton Abbey Addict!

T h r e e Y e a r s A g o:        Humorous Spring Quote